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A Healthy Twist on Halloween Treats

Halloween is one of the biggest party times for adults.  It’s also a huge party time for kids. Unfortunately, Halloween is not considered a time for good nutrition, but it should be. I have collected a few healthy ideas from around the internet to help you celebrate without sacrificing good nutrition.    These treats were well received by both adults and children in our test group.  In fact, these treats prove that it’s possible to have fun food that’s healthy, too.

http://i2.wp.com/www.simplyhealthyeats.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/FullSizeRender_2.jpg1.  First up is a really disgusting looking ear wax covered q-tip that I found over at SimplyHealthyEats.com.  It’s made from jicama and the “ear wax” is nut butter.  While it looks disgusting, it’s surprisingly tasty.  The “gross” factor is just what was needed to get our kids to try them.

Frankenstein Kiwis Recipe – (Another!) Healthy Halloween Treat {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}2.  Next up is an idea that’s too cute to resist, and it’s extremely healthy, too.  Frankenstein Kiwi from TwoHealthyKitchens.com.    Did you know that you can eat the skin on a kiwi after you rub off the fuzz?

Apple Mummies Recipe … A Healthy Halloween Treat {www.TwoHealthyKitchens.com}3.   This idea for Mummy Apples also comes from TwoHealthyKitchens.com.  The expression about an apple a day being good for you certainly continues to apply on Halloween, right?

leaves and a stem on an orange jack-o-lantern4.  This orange jack-o-lantern requires some work on the part of the diner.  They will have to peel it, but it looked like a fun idea.

orange pumpking and orange jack-o-lantern5.  If you don’t want your guest to have to work to eat their food, there’s always the option for a peeled orange with a celery stalk stuck int the top.  I, personally, think this works best with mandarin oranges or tangerines.   I saw the original idea over at 100 dollars a month.

Pumpkin Veggie Tray Recipe6.  How about a vegetable tray shaped like a jack-o-lantern with cute little dishes of dip for the eyes and nose.   This idea came from taste of home.

7.  This skeleton crudite is one of my favorites, but it’s always reduced to something unidentifyable within minutes of being served, so we make several when we have a large group over.   This idea came from  Feeding Frenzy.

Curried Devil's Eggs8.  A little protein goes a long way to prevent blood sugar spikes and crashes, so deviled eggs make an excellent addition to your buffet table.  These came from HiCookery.com.  You may think I linked to the wrong page, but scroll down.  The devil eggs are on the bottom of the Easter Egg Post.

9.  There’s a secret to these deviled eggs from I Lived I Loved that makes them look scary.   I love the use of red to make the eyes appear bloodshot.

10.  Trying to cut down on cholesterol, try filling the center of the egg whites with guacamole like this idea from food.com.  (Sorry.  No permission to use the photo was received prior to publication.)  Follow the link and you’ll see what I mean.  A slice of ripe olive on top of the guacamole gives the appearance of an eye.

There you have it.  Ten healthy Halloween recipe ideas.  I hope you consider adding some fruits and vegetables to your Halloween Party Buffet.  It’s good for you and for your guest.  Happy Halloween.

Leave a comment to let us know what you like to have on your Halloween Buffet.

**Patti is a frequent contributor at SimplyHealthyEats.com, a website dedicated to helping people make healthy food choices.  It features recipes,  many of which are gluten and dairy free.  She can also be found at PattyCakesPantry.com where she tries to limit her blogging to stocking a pantry, budgeting, and recipes.  She isn’t always successful. 

Putting my garding plans into action

Is it me or has winter been a little strange in the high desert 
this year? The stormy clouds, frigid winds, and low temperatures are competing with the cheerful sunshine and 70+ degree days. I don’t know if I should wear shorts and t-shirts or bundle up in jeans and sweaters. I wonder if this weird weather will have any impact on spring and delay my plans for a garden this year.

I’ve ordered my seeds, tilled the soil, and I’m ready to go. I’m a novice so I really have no idea what I’m doing. But we planted a garden a couple years ago and cucumbers and tomatoes grew like gangbusters. Thank God, Mother Nature and my grandmother knew what to do because we sure didn’t. And when my grandmother couldn’t answer our questions there was always Google. (Don’t laugh; you know you do it too.)

This year, I’m going to do big things. I’m going to attempt to grow snow peas, chili peppers, squash, and lettuce. This is in addition to the cucumbers, tomatoes, and strawberries. I contemplated growing corn but I think it might be too much. I saw pictures on the internet of corn stalks being grown in large tub containers and I was immediately enthralled by the idea.

My hubby and son just laughed. They aren’t getting involved this year. I think the corn might have frightened them. I wonder if I should start looking at tractors, not anything big. Just a small one…

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